Among the many visitors to BYU’s spring football practices during the last four weeks was Dawsonville, Georgia’s Logan Walls. TotalBlueSports.com caught up with the defensive line prospect to get a report on his trip to Provo.
“It was a good visit,” Walls said. “I liked the facilities.”
Walls came to Utah for a few days with his mother to watch practice and check out the university. One of the highlights of his trip was meeting with BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall.
“I got to meet all the coaches,” Walls said. “My mom and I sat down with coach Mendenhall for about 30 to 45 minutes, so that was great. We talked about a lot of stuff.”
Walls said his mom really enjoyed her visit to Provo as well. One thing Walls was surprised to discover was how big BYU is.
“I had no idea BYU had 29,000 students,” Walls said. “That’s big, but I liked that. I also liked taking the tour of the campus on the golf carts.”
Even though this was not an official visit, Walls spent some time with Jan Jorgensen. Walls said he enjoyed getting to know BYU’s starting defensive end, and the two engaged in some competitive games of Halo. For the record, Walls went undefeated.
“The visit to Provo was very helpful for me,” Walls said. “I like BYU a lot.”
Hawaii, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia have all showed interest in Walls, but he has pretty much narrowed his college choices down to BYU and Georgia Tech.
“I visited Tech last week,” said the 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle. “I’m going to their scrimmage on Saturday.”
When asked to discuss the pros and cons of both schools, Walls said he liked the honor code at BYU, but the campus was far away from home. He said he liked how close Georgia Tech was to his home, but he does not know the players or coaches there as well as he does at BYU.
“The coaches at BYU told me to take my time deciding,” Walls said. “They asked me to take my official visit back to Provo in January.”
When asked if the BYU coaches emphasized to him the need for defensive linemen, Walls said they definitely made him feel wanted, but that is what all the schools do.
“When I looked at the roster at BYU, I noticed they have a lot of defensive lineman,” Walls said, “and most of them are not seniors but are underclassman.”
Walls did not indicate if this was a negative thing for him. A closer look at the defensive line reveals that the glut of D-linemen in 2006 will quickly thin out in 2007.
As spring ball draws to a close, the two-deep for BYU’s defensive line consists of a senior (Hala Paongo) at defensive tackle with a freshman walk-on (Dan Alletto) backing him up, a sophomore (Kyle Luekenga) and redshirt freshman (Jan Jorgensen) at the starting defensive end spots backed up by a junior (Judd Anderton) and a redshirt freshman(Brett Denney). In the fall, BYU will add a freshman (Romney Fuga) and a redshirt freshman (Russell Tialavea) at defensive tackle, and two freshmen (Matangi Tonga and Ian Dulan) and a JC transfer (Moses Foketi) at defensive end.
BYU will have nine scholarship players on the depth chart at defensive line this fall, but in fall of 2007, four of those players will leave for missions or graduation, including two of the three defensive tackles.